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    Winipcfg? (WinXP SP1)

    I occasionally need to reset my Ethernet adapter.

    What is the equivalent in WinXP to the Win98 "Winipcfg" function?

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    Re: Winipcfg? (WinXP SP1)

    There is a command-line utility named ipconfig that you run using:

    Start button > Run > cmd

    Then

    ipconfig /?

    The GUI was nicer, for sure.

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    Re: Winipcfg? (WinXP SP1)

    Aye, there is actually a GUI equivalent to WINIPCFG for Windows XP. Download it here. It states on the page that it is for Windows 2000, but let's face it: Windows XP is simply Windows 2000.1 (check the version if you don't believe me!). It works just fine with XP.
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    Re: Winipcfg? (WinXP SP1)

    Mark--

    Doesn't this do it in XP as well? I usually shortcut the Lan Icon to Start, but I thought using the ipconfig switches did the same thing as this gui in addition to some other functions, like release/renew--i.e. IDing the IP addresses and the default gateway addresses?

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    Re: Winipcfg? (WinXP SP1)

    I do not recognize the dialog in your screen shot. In fact I have never seen it in Windows XP at all. How are you accessing it? I have no idea from what you have presented if the functions are duplicated, but working with DHCP properties is the same thing no matter what makeup is on its face. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    The GUI that I provided a link to is just a nice front end for the command line IPCONFIG so that you have no need to go to that oh-so-scary <img src=/S/sarcasm.gif border=0 alt=sarcasm width=15 height=15> command line.
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    Re: Winipcfg? (WinXP SP1)

    I was glad to see the download you had and learn about it--because if someone is using an OS that won't readily provide that information--and I'm not sure about it in each OS--I only remember winipcfg from ME.

    My understanding--and it's very when it comes to TCP/IP deep is that you can use the command line ipconfig switches to do a number of things--you get 9 if you use "ipconfig /?". I have the little O'Reilly book with Win 2K commands and it seems to have the corresponding switches for 2K but I'm not 100% sure all of them are the same--"/release, /renew, and /all" switches are the same.

    It seems you can either go to the gui in XP or can get the same info and more by putting ipconfig /all at the dos prompt. It won't work in the run box.


    The way I get to the gui dialogue boxes in XP is Control Panel>Network Connections>Local Area Network. I can also get the same information by clicking on the "task pane" on the left of the window for network connections or at Local Area Connections Properties if I go to Network Connections>Local Area Connection>Rt.Click>Properties.

    By the way--this gives me a chance to ask you--when you put a command in the run box that won't work there, but willwork at thd dos prompt--often both at cmd and command's prompts--you often--I can't say always for sure--you may know--get a quick flash of the command.com screen and nothing more. The reason I know it's the command.com screen is because I've colored my cmd screen but left the other one it's default black and white.

    Sorry I didn't make it very clear. Here's what I see from the gui:

    1) Start>Control Panel>Network Connections>Local Area Connections slides out. It has a general and support tab and on the support tab there is a details button and if you click it you see the list I just screen shot. The top dialogue box is the first one, and then when you click details you get the listunder it with those numbers assigned to your PC.

    2) I have Network Connections pinned to my start so if I left click it I'll get a window with LAN and an icon and if I right click it, I can get the same thing as #1 by then left clicking properties. If I mouseover the icon, I can also get a detailed list to show up in the left task pane (under network tasks) of that window that gives me the NIC card type, the IP Adress and the subnet mask number.

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    Re: Winipcfg? (WinXP SP1)

    The dialog is a subset of the Status right-click choice - which is the default. Like you, I am far more used to selecting Properties.
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    Re: Winipcfg? (WinXP SP1)

    Oh, OK, I did not recognize the dialog because of the way you cropped it and the, ahem, "bright" colours in your desktop theme. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    IPCONFIG will work from the Run box, but the command window closes immediately after you execute it so you will never see the results. The switches are identical, as is the command itself. Remember, XP is a point release to Windows 2000 (2k is Windows 5.0, XP is 5.1) with a facelift to the GUI. Most command line programs react the same way. You can keep it open by using the syntax cmd /k {command}.

    I am an old command line jockey which stems from my days before nice graphical interfaces existed. If you get used to working with it, it is a very powerful tool. Because of my habit of using the command line, I turn on the Address bar and double-size my taskbar(s) on the Windows computers I use. I start programs this way, type in web addresses, whatever suits me....the Address bar is like a universal Run box. Type a program's executable name and Windows will launch it. For example, I start Outlook by simply typing Outlook in the Address bar. For me, this is a lot faster than pointing to an icon and clicking it, because my hands leave the keyboard to manage the mouse less.

    HTH,
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    Re: Winipcfg? (WinXP SP1)

    Another dumb question by me (sorry), your screen shot Mark, is that what you have in place as a task bar? I have found an option to turn on "address" in the taskbar, (right click>toolbars>address) but I dont think it is correct. I really like the idea of not having to use a mouse as this machine is a notebook and I only use the touchpad.

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    Re: Winipcfg? (WinXP SP1)

    There are no dumb questions! The only dumb question is the one that you fail to ask. Yes, that is my taskbar. The option you mentioned is the correct one. On the bottom row, I have, from left to right: Quick Launch, Address Bar, and the Desktop toolbar. I push the Desktop bar all the way to the right and click on the chevrons (the double arrows) to access it when I need it. I leave the top row open for program windows.

    I have found that I work most efficiently this way. I rarely have need of the start menu and I never have to minimise windows to get to something on the desktop. The only time I do that is when I want to gaze at my lovely wallpaper, which at the moment is a Scorpio emblem. Yes, I am a Scorpio, scary stuff for those who believe in the zodiac!

    Since you mentioned not using the mouse, you might want to look at the page I set up on my website for shortcut keys. It is at http://www.broge.com/geek/shortcutkeys.shtml. It is not an all inclusive list by any means, you can find those everywhere, it just has the keyboard commands that I find to be the most useful. In fact, rather than reproduce all of the keyboard commands known to mankind, I just linked to some of the better resources I have found at the bottom of that page.

    Hope that helps....and if you have more questions, fire away! I promise I will not berate you for asking, is that not why the Lounge is here? <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Winipcfg? (WinXP SP1)

    This is very good info--and your points before and now about Win XP as a modification of Win 2K are good ones. I do a very similar thing with my task bar and address bar using Dave's Quick Search Taskbar Toolbar Deskbar as long as I don't have to say it fast 3 times. Also you can useDQSD Tips and Toolsand the Search Wizard with it.

    Just having the little calendar for any year or month as a quick right click on my address bar through Dave's is useful to me. I could bring up the outlook calendar which you can shortcut easily by putting "outlook:calendar" in the runbox but this is faster if you just want a quick look at a date for next month or this month.

    It can hit a lot of search engines fast dictionaries, and I use the run box a lot--maybe I need to launch more programs from the address bar. I think you made a great point here about a very underused time saver. I'm betting that the bell shaped curve of people could save a lot of time deploying the adress bar the way you do and never appreciate that. I need to use it more.

    Thanks for the command line info I didn't know. As you know the dos prompt (command.exe) will flash under many circumstances, including some downloads and that's probably meant to be then. I didn't realize that IPCONFIG actually was working and probably a lot of other commands were working but I didn't know how to keep the dos prompt open. Can't wait to try a few commands using that that were "flashing" the prompt in less than a second.

    I believe because I use Dave's as a simple thin adress bar and another layer of toolbar, I can't type outlook in Dave's and bring it up so I may lose a little of the universal run box ability by using Dave's. I could always make another adress bar with one more toolbar and just slide it to take up little space to confer this functionality.

    I have done regedits in the past to make an adress bar google-ready, but now I use the goolgle toolbar and it takes little space on my toolbar. I can Google and many other search engine's from Dave's adress bar.

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    Re: Winipcfg? (WinXP SP1)

    Hey that is fantastic, I am impressed (easily you mutter). I will check out your website for shortcut keys, and thank you kindly for answering. I feel somewhat overwhelmed in this place, have you ever noticed in the movies the girl who is trying to better herself saying to others who are clever, okay now I need a book to tell me what this book means. I have to keep going over to Foldoc
    http://foldoc.doc.ic.ac.uk/foldoc/foldoc.c...i&action=Search to find out what the computer term means before I can even get an idea of what you folks are talking about! You would see the humor in this if you only had dial up, believe me I laugh at myself often over the folly of trying to learn something so extensive and different from my profession. I can imagine a Monty Python caricature doing the silly things I find myself doing. <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

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    Re: Winipcfg? (WinXP SP1)

    A few points:

    I have Outlook on the Quick Launch bar for easy access. Usually I run it all the time because it is my information manager, calendar and contacts being most important. Although I have not heard the term "PIM" (Personal Information Manager) used in some time, that is what Outlook really is, and I make use of it. When it is running, I can get to it quickly by using ALT+TAB.

    For quick dates, I just double click on the clock and up comes the Windows date/time applet. No additional software necessary there.

    Insofar as making the address bar Google-ready, there is a slick feature in TweakUI for Windows XP that you will want to explore. I was going to post full details here but I think it warrants a separate thread, to continue this aspect of the discussion let us move over there. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Winipcfg? (WinXP SP1)

    Men like to impress women, how easily matters little. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> Just kidding, m'lady. On a serious note, if you want to look up computer terms, you should check out Wikipedia. It is a free online encyclopedia that I tripped across a few weeks ago, and it contains a lot of great information - not just limited to technical terms. And you know you can always ask for plainer explanations by replying to our sometimes esoteric posts!

    I am NOT going to touch that silly things remark, other than to go back to the thread in Scuttlebutt about the most useless error message.... <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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